Albert DeAngelis, acclaimed Executive Chef of Z Hospitality Group, hosted a sumptuous private dinner at the Bruce Museum on October 17 featuring legendary chef, television personality, and author Jacques Pépin to raise funds for the Bruce Museum.
Pépin has hosted 13 PBS-TV series, is the author of over 30 cookbooks and the recipient of countless awards, including American Public Television’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Le Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest civilian award. A native of France, Pépin served as French President Charles DeGaulle’s personal chef in 1958. He and his wife, Gloria, have called Connecticut home since 1975.
The intimate dinner for 10 was donated to the Bruce by Z Hospitality Group as a live auction package at the Museum’s 31st Annual Gala held in May of this year. The purchase by an anonymous donor raised thousands of dollars for the Bruce Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs.
“We are so pleased we could help raise funds for an extraordinary arts and science organization like the Bruce, and we were astounded by the number of children who visit the Museum and attend its educational programs,” said DeAngelis.
The dinner’s underwriter, Z Hospitality Group, owns and operates eight restaurants in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Led by founder and Greenwich restaurant entrepreneur Ramze Zakka, Executive Chef DeAngelis, and fellow restaurateur Adam Zakka, Z Hospitality Group includes three restaurants in Greenwich: Terra, Mediterraneo, and East/End. The dinner at the Bruce featured a fabulous meal of the finest offerings of Mediterranean cuisine and exquisite wine pairings.
Guests dined surrounded by the dramatic expressionist prints of Richard Haas and received Pépin’s recent memoir, The Apprentice, as a remembrance of this special occasion at the Bruce Museum.